VSL are always striving to improve and optimise their products and procedures – a special challenge, having set a very high bar with the grands they’ve previously captured at Synchron Stage Vienna. Listening back to the virtual representation of their brand-new Bösendorfer Imperial, VSL believe they’ve created a new milestone in the art of piano sampling.
The Bösendorfer Concert Grand 290 Imperial represents the apex of the famed Austrian piano manufacturer’s precious heritage. Its nine additional sub-bass notes extend the instrument’s key range downward to the low C – for a total range of eight octaves.
The extra bass strings create additional harmonic resonance with every key you strike, providing warmth, richness and depth across the entire instrument. The massive soundboard projects an unusually broad frequency range, evoking a sonorous, orchestral timbre.
The Imperial’s magically unfolding tonal character, especially apparent in the pianissimo to mezzoforte range, was meticulously sampled in finely calibrated velocity steps using Vienna’s proprietary piano “robot”, which was further developed and perfected for this effort.
To guarantee a consistent sound over all keys, velocities and note lengths, the total recording production time was scheduled as tightly as possible to minimise even the smallest changes in the instrument’s sonic behaviour. A sufficient block of time was reserved at the Synchron Stage, but after recording nearly 24 hours a day it still took several weeks to capture the 290 Imperial in its entirety.
What’s more, the proprietary Release Sample Technology was even further refined, allowing the Synchron Player to automatically match hundreds of individual and finely stepped release samples per key to your played notes in real-time. The result is a hyper-realistic playing feel and 100% timbral authenticity.
As with all the instruments of Vienna’s Synchron Pianos series, this Bösendorfer 290 Imperial enjoys permanent, climate-controlled residency at Synchron Stage Vienna, whose main hall is characterized by its particularly warm and natural ambience. The large 540 m2 (5,813 sq.ft.)
Stage A has lent its acoustic signature to numerous international productions, from classical chamber music to international, large-scale orchestral film scores.
The Vienna Synchron Pianos software player offers multiple options for shaping your sound and the playing experience. Hosting a high-performance playback engine, the software provides a musician-friendly user interface that allows for quick and easy timbral control. Create your sound intuitively by filtering particular key ranges or even single keys, adjust the body resonance of the instrument or add just a touch of algorithmic reverb to refine the overall sound.
- Full 8 octaves in tonal range – 97 keys (with bass extension)
- Warm, orchestral sound, rich in depth and tone color
- Powerful bass
- Six pre-configured Main Presets: Concert, Intimate, Player, Pop, Ambience, Mighty
- Proprietary Vienna Synchron Pianos engine with adjustable sympathetic resonances, pedal noise, key noise and so much more
- Per-note EQ, volume, dynamic range and tuning
- Advanced Release Sample Technology
- Recorded at Stage A of Synchron Stage Vienna
Mic PositionsVSL Bösendorfer Imperial features 11 microphone positions.... With over 4,000 samples per key and almost 20,000 samples per microphone position, the Bösendorfer Imperial boasts breathtaking authenticity. In order to capture this marvellous instrument in one of the best acoustic environments on the planet, our recording engineers used multiple high-end microphone arrays, affording an abundance of options for creating your individual sound.
|Standard Library||Full Library|
|1. Room Mic (Mix)||•||•|
|2. Condenser - Close 1 (Sennheiser MKH 8040)||•||•|
|3. Ribbon - Close 2 (Royer SF-24)||•|
|4. Tube - Close 3 (Neumann M149)||•|
|5. Mid 1 (Sennheiser MKH 800)||•||•|
|6. Mid 2 (Sennheiser MKH 8040)||•|
|7. Main/Room Mic – Decca Tree Stereo (L/R)||•||•|
|8. Main/Room Mic – Decca Tree Mono (Center)||•||•|
|9. Main Surround – Stereo (L/R)||•|
|10. High Stereo (3D) – Stereo (L/R)||•|
|11. High Surround (3D) – Stereo (L/R)||•|
In the browser window of the Synchron Pianos player you may select from four general preset categories:
|Ready-made, resource saving presets with as few microphones as possible. The “Room Mix” Channel contains a mix of all available microphones from the Full Library.|
|Decca Tree Multi Mic|
|The classic sound of a Decca tree stereo recording features a more slender sound with less diffusion compared to the “Room Mix” Presets.|
|Surround to Stereo Downmix|
|These presets include all available room microphones with various runtime delays, creating more diversity in the perception of room depth.|
|Designed to send the microphone signals to your available surround channels.|
Sample Amount: 108,025
Download File Size: 38.6 GB
Installed File Size: 128.8 GB
Sample Amount: 237,655
Download File Size: 91.5 GB
Installed File Size: 295.3 GB